8 April 2019. Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Reflection (Sem. Gerald M. Moscardon)
Our world today is full of dazzling, mesmerizing, awe-inspiring “lights” that people are so fascinated about. We sometimes look up to people who we want to emulate or those we admire. We often call them “stars” and rightly so because we think that they shine far brighter than anyone else in the world. We sometimes feature people who deserve recognition and we “focus the spotlight” on them in order for them to shine brightly. When we discover new things especially in the field of science and technology, we have “lightbulb” moments and these discoveries induce many other lightbulbs in the minds of people. We are naturally drawn to these lights because, in a way, they shed light on the reason for our being, our purpose. We seek seats of fame and power; of glory and honor because they give us a sense of fulfillment, a sense of satisfaction. But these bright lights, despite their allure, they all fade and die out. No matter how bright they seem to be, they can never sustain. In the end, they will just leave us in the dark.
The Gospel tells us that Jesus is the light of the world and His light will never fade but will forever sustain and give us life, that those who follow this light will never be left in the dark. Jesus’ light is very different. His light, though far exceedingly brighter than any other light in the world, never fulfills our desire for power, fame, glory and honor. In fact, it extinguishes those desires in order for His light to shine in and through us. And this light shines even brighter when we constantly follow His will. We become beacons of light that draw other people to Jesus, who is Light, himself. As Christians, as we strive to follow Jesus daily through our thoughts, words, and deeds, the light we carry, the face of Jesus in us, shines even brighter to take us out of the road of darkness and lead other people to the road of light. We become bright lights of this world that give testimony to Jesus, the life-giving Light of the world.
The Gospel Today
Jesus spoke to them again, saying,
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.”
So the Pharisees said to him,
“You testify on your own behalf,
so your testimony cannot be verified.”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Even if I do testify on my own behalf, my testimony can be verified,
because I know where I came from and where I am going.
But you do not know where I come from or where I am going.
You judge by appearances, but I do not judge anyone.
And even if I should judge, my judgment is valid,
because I am not alone,
but it is I and the Father who sent me.
Even in your law it is written
that the testimony of two men can be verified.
I testify on my behalf and so does the Father who sent me.”
So they said to him, “Where is your father?”
Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father.
If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
He spoke these words
while teaching in the treasury in the temple area.
But no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.